Wildebeest Tramples Man to Death

A 500-pound wildebeest (search) kept with other exotic animals on a northern Indiana farm trampled its owner to death, police said.

It was unclear what caused the animal, an African antelope also known as a gnu (search), to attack Klaus "Dick" Radandt, 64, Sunday in the barnyard behind his home about 10 miles southwest of South Bend.

The coroner said the male animal apparently repeatedly rammed Radandt and then trampled him.

The man's wife found him lying on the ground; paramedics were unable to revive him.

The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the chest and head. The wildebeest's horns, which grow large and curved, had been cut to the nubs, police said.

St. Joseph County Police Cpl. Steven Shively said the couple own three wildebeests and several other exotic animals, including ostriches, emus, reindeer and llamas.

Wildebeests are not known to be particularly aggressive, but like any animal, can be unpredictable, said Jason Jacobs of the Potawatomi Zoological Society (search) in South Bend.